Stuff

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Stuff. I have boxes of stuff.
Letters and birthday cards from people who have died, concert tickets, journals, sketchbooks, directions to the place that famous photographer wanted a muffin from in NYC, photographs, snap shots, reprints, test prints, negatives and more negatives! Oi! It’s overwhelming
How do you manage your tangible memories?

Seeing Stars

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My nephew will turn five soon and I envy him. Everything looks different to the young. Last week, he and his parents came for dinner. He looked at my blue enamel plates and said they look like the stars in the night sky…and he is right, they do. That was one of the things I saw in my dishes years ago. I smiled, praised him for his imaginative observation, and we all enjoyed our dinner.

Children see things we forget or never saw. I strive to see and remember.

~C

Storybook Confidential

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If you like children’s literature and were in the know, chances are, you were at The Gladstone this past Monday night. Small Print Toronto was hosting their first benefit; Storybook Confidential. It was claimed to be ‘the’ place to be and yes, I was there. As a helper to the event, I was stationed at the Body Art table and then later at the Write/Draw me a story. In addition, to such activities, on the stage were authors sharing stories they had written when they were kids. Host Chris Reed was a perfect emcee to the event, at times summing up stories with a mass-understood “Wow.” He and his team kept the energy going all night, which ended in a raffle of prizes generously donated for the cause. I got in on the action by donating a ‘Retro Rocketship’ painting as well as buying raffle tickets. Although I didn’t win anything, I was happy to see the look on Kevin Sylvester‘s face when he won bid and won my painting.

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Happiness is helping children’s literacy, sharing stories, making art, and making people smile!

Love & Rocketships

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So Alive! My Works in Progress are keeping me busy.
The love/heart…for more Charlie Whiskey pieces.
The rocket ship…well, that is another story.

On September 16, 2013, Small Print Toronto will be holding a benefit at The Gladstone, titled Storybook Confidential and I am donating a piece of art to the cause. Yup, a RocketShip!

So, please check it out for: lively literary locals, art, and indie music! I know I’ll be there!

Adopting Love

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After the loss of our dear sweet cat, we didn’t think we would be ready to bring home a new creature. However, weeks afterwards, we met these two brothers and knew that we were all deserving of more love. We adopted…we adopted unconditional love. Oh my goodness, they are handsome, sweet, playful, and oh so affectionate. The heart doesn’t forget past loves, but the heart has an amazing ability to grow.

Adopt Love.

Pounding Beauty

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I wanted to try something. I wanted to capture the beauty of the peonies growing in my garden. I didn’t want to press them. I didn’t want to paint them, or take their photo. I wanted to make them the art. So, I collected my materials: paper, fabric, tape, board, tiny little flowers…and a hammer.C.WilkieI’m not used to creating such sweet sentimental things. I have now made pretty pieces that my mother loves. Yet the whole time, I felt a little like Tyler Durden. Perhaps that is edgy enough.

~C